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May 22, 2013 2

State Department’s Religious Freedom Report Recognizes Severity Of Global Anti-Semitism

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Des­e­cra­tion of Jew­ish cemetery

On May 20, 2013, U.S. Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry released the State Department’s annual Inter­na­tional Reli­gious Free­dom Report for 2012, describ­ing the U.S. assess­ment of the sta­tus of reli­gious free­dom in every coun­try. The report cov­ers gov­ern­ment poli­cies vio­lat­ing reli­gious belief and prac­tices of groups, reli­gious denom­i­na­tions and indi­vid­u­als, and U.S. poli­cies to pro­mote reli­gious free­dom around the world.

This annual report demon­strates the Amer­i­can com­mit­ment to the fun­da­men­tal demo­c­ra­tic right to prac­tice one’s reli­gion with­out inter­fer­ence from gov­ern­ment and sig­ni­fies and under­scores the role gov­ern­ments must play in pro­tect­ing that right.  It shines a light on a num­ber of impor­tant issues specif­i­cally related to the per­se­cu­tion of reli­gious minori­ties, includ­ing gov­ern­ment spon­sored dis­crim­i­na­tion, reli­gious big­otry and hatred prop­a­gated by the media, and vio­lence directed at spe­cific reli­gious denominations.

While address­ing all forms of reli­gious dis­crim­i­na­tion, the U.S. government’s role in mon­i­tor­ing and com­bat­ting anti-Jewish expres­sions around the world is an impor­tant fea­ture of the report. It high­lights inci­dents of anti-Semitism on the gov­ern­men­tal level, in pol­i­tics and within the media, and doc­u­ments acts of van­dal­ism and vio­lence directed at Jews. These include:

Iran — The government’s con­tin­ued Holo­caust denial and prop­a­ga­tion of anti-Semitic stereo­types, includ­ing pro­nounce­ments by Pres­i­dent Ahmadine­jad regard­ing “Zionists…ruling the major world affairs” for some 400 years.

Egypt — Senior Mus­lim Broth­er­hood offi­cials, includ­ing Supreme Guide Mohamed Badei, fre­quently issue anti-Semitic state­ments, while the media airs anti-Semitic pro­gram­ming, includ­ing the TV series “Horse­man with­out a Horse” based on the noto­ri­ous anti-Semitic forgery “The Pro­to­cols of the Elders of Zion.” The wide­spread hatred and vio­lence directed at Egypt’s Cop­tic Chris­t­ian com­mu­nity is also mentioned.

Venezuela — Anti-Semitism is quite preva­lent in the gov­ern­ment con­trolled media, par­tic­u­larly in opin­ion pieces and edi­to­r­ial car­toons. The recent pres­i­den­tial can­di­dacy of Hen­rique Capriles, a Catholic of Jew­ish descent, was a main focus of the media’s anti-Semitism. 

Chile - There has been an increase in the num­ber anti-Semitic pub­lic state­ments, par­tic­u­larly across social media plat­forms. Inci­dents of anti-Jewish van­dal­ism are on the rise, and a num­ber of phys­i­cal attacks against Jews were doc­u­mented, includ­ing an assault on a 14 year-old by a group of Neo-Nazis.

The State Department’s report also makes a num­ber of ref­er­ences to ADL’s work in high­light­ing and com­bat­ing global anti-Semitism, par­tic­u­larly in Europe. These include:

Aus­tria – ADL’s train­ing projects with the Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion on Holo­caust education.

Greece – ADL’s state­ments call­ing on gov­ern­ment author­i­ties to do more to counter the anti-Semitic rhetoric and vio­lent actions of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn polit­i­cal party.

Hun­gary – ADL’s state­ments call­ing on the gov­ern­ment to enforce a new law that would hold mem­bers of par­lia­ment legally account­able for espous­ing hate­ful remarks. This law was in reac­tion to an anti-Semitic state­ment by a mem­ber of country’s neo-Nazi Job­bik party, who called on par­lia­ment to “assess how many MPs and gov­ern­ment mem­bers are of Jew­ish ori­gin and who present a national secu­rity risk to Hun­gary.” The report also cited ADL’s sur­vey on anti-Semitic atti­tudes in Hun­gary which showed a sig­nif­i­cant rise in the per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion har­bor­ing anti-Semitic attitudes.

Turkey – ADL’s state­ment crit­i­ciz­ing a cos­met­ics com­pany for fea­tur­ing Adolph Hitler in a sham­poo com­mer­cial that ran on state television.

The State Department’s Inter­na­tional Reli­gious Free­dom Report for 2012 can be found here.

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February 21, 2013 3

Iranian Terror Plots Continue To Spread Around the Globe

Even as Iran seeks to mend ties with Argentina over the 1994 ter­ror­ist attack on the AMIA Jew­ish Com­mu­nity Cen­ter in Buenos Aires, Iran con­tin­ues to be impli­cated in ter­ror plots on West­ern, Israeli and Jew­ish tar­gets around the world.

Yes­ter­day, Niger­ian secu­rity ser­vices announced the arrest of three men accused of sur­veilling tar­gets for a pos­si­ble Iranian-backed attack in the city of Lagos. The three men, all Nige­ri­ans, were tasked with gath­er­ing “intel­li­gence on pub­lic places and promi­nent hotels fre­quented by Amer­i­can and Israelis” accord­ing to a State Secu­rity Ser­vice spokes­woman.  She also claimed that the leader of the cell sent pic­tures of the local Israeli cul­ture cen­ter to his Iran­ian han­dlers.  The leader has con­fessed to spy­ing on behalf of Iran.

Also yes­ter­day, a man on trial in Cyprus for scout­ing tar­gets where Israelis were likely to be present admit­ted to being a mem­ber of the Iranian-backed ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion Hezbol­lah.  He was arrested less than two weeks before a bomb­ing in Bur­gas, Bul­garia, killed five Israelis in July of last year.  Bul­garia offi­cially impli­cated two mem­bers of Hezbol­lah in the attack ear­lier this month.

Since the begin­ning of 2012, Iran and its prox­ies have been impli­cated in a series of plots and attacks on Jew­ish and Israeli tar­gets, including:

  • Jan­u­ary 2012: A failed bomb plot tar­get­ing Israelis in Thai­land was linked to Iran-backed Hezbollah.
  • Jan­u­ary 2012: Azer­bai­jani author­i­ties arrested two men linked to Iran­ian intel­li­gence over a plot to attack the Israeli Ambas­sador and a local rabbi.
  • Feb­ru­ary 2012: Iran­ian intel­li­gence was linked to the bomb­ing of an Israeli embassy vehi­cle in India which injured the wife of the Israeli Defense Attaché and three others.
  • Feb­ru­ary 2012: Israel blamed Iran after a bomb was dis­cov­ered tar­get­ing an embassy car in Geor­gia; it was defused before it exploded.
  • Feb­ru­ary 2012: Azer­bai­jan arrested mem­bers of a cell work­ing linked to Iran and Hezbol­lah in a plot to tar­get the Israeli Embassy and a Jew­ish cul­tural center.
  • Feb­ru­ary 2012: An explo­sion in Bangkok led to the arrest of three Iranians.
  • March 2012: Azer­bai­jan arrested mem­bers of a cell tar­get­ing the Israeli and Amer­i­can embassies on behalf of Iran.
  • April 2012: Intel­li­gence ser­vices report­edly searched for Iran­ian agent in Turkey sus­pected of plot­ting attacks on West­ern, Israeli and Jew­ish targets.
  • April 2012: India expelled an Iran­ian national listed by the Iran­ian con­sulate as a gov­ern­ment employee after he was found cas­ing Israeli and Jew­ish sites in the city of Pune.
  • June 2012: Two Ira­ni­ans were arrested in Kenya in pos­ses­sion of chem­i­cals that author­i­ties claimed would be used for bombs. They report­edly were plot­ting to attack Israeli, Amer­i­can, British or Saudi targets.
  • July 2012: Cypriot author­i­ties arrested a dual Swedish-Lebanese cit­i­zen accused of sur­veilling Israeli tar­gets for a pos­si­ble attack for Iran-backed Hezbollah. 
  • July 2012: At least two mem­bers of Iran-backed Hezbol­lah killed 5 Israelis and their Bul­gar­ian bus dri­ver in the bomb­ing of a tour bus in Bur­gas, Bulgaria.

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March 23, 2012 2

Turkish Ad Uses Footage of Hitler to Sell Shampoo

Adolf Hitler is the star of a Turk­ish com­mer­cial for men’s sham­poo. The ad for Bio­men, which is now appear­ing on Turk­ish tele­vi­sion, fea­tures a video of Hitler angrily ges­tic­u­lat­ing, with a Turk­ish voiceover call­ing on men to pur­chase the shampoo. 
“If you’re not wear­ing women’s clothes, then you shouldn’t be wear­ing woman’s sham­poo,” the voiceover says. “Here it is. A real man’s sham­poo, Biomen.”
The ad is yet another exam­ple of how Holocaust-era images are used in adver­tis­ing around the world, which con­tribute to the triv­i­al­iza­tion of and desen­si­ti­za­tion to the unpar­al­leled hor­rors of the Holocaust.
Ear­lier this year, pho­tos of a Nazi con­cen­tra­tion camp were used in a pro­mo­tional cam­paign for a Dubai gym, includ­ing an image of the rail­road lead­ing to Auschwitz-Birkenau with the slo­gan, “Kiss your calo­ries good­bye.” After receiv­ing com­plaints, the founder of The Cir­cuit Fac­tory gym in Dubai, Phil Parkin­son, apol­o­gized and removed the photo.
In a let­ter to the Turk­ish Ambas­sador to the United States, ADL called on the Turk­ish gov­ern­ment to con­demn the ad. The Turk­ish Jew­ish com­mu­nity has also released the fol­low­ing statement:
“We fol­low with sad­ness and regret the use of Hitler fig­ure in the Bio­men Men Sham­poo adver­tise­ment, which was brought to the screen in recent days.”


“Hitler, who mas­sa­cred 6 Mil­lion Jews in gas cham­bers for the sole rea­son of being Jew­ish and also killed its men­tally dis­abled cit­i­zens on the pur­pose of cre­at­ing “a pure Arian race,” had cre­ated the dark­est pages of the world his­tory. Using him in an adver­tise­ment for what­ever rea­son is an unac­cept­able sit­u­a­tion and could not be accepted by us at all. This is beyond all ethics as well as a huge insult to human rights.”

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